Stitches Midwest: Here I Come!

I’m a nerd.  I’m not ashamed.  I can hold my head high.  (I’m a Gleek too, and damn proud of that, as well!)

I especially set off the nerd-o-meter when it comes to knitting.  That’s why I’m taking photos of pattern books, writing down yarn requirements and storing it all on my phone.  All in preparation for heading to Stitches Midwest tomorrow.

I’ve been perusing my stash of knitting books and have narrowed it down to four of my favorite faves.  You know, those “I’ve got to knit that” patterns?  It comes down to these:

Wrenna from Kristeen Griffin-Grimes’ French Girl Knits:


Seaport Skirt from Kristina Mcgowan’s Modern Top Down Knitting:

Seaport Skirt

Dutch Touch from Debbie Stoller’s Stitch ‘N Bitch Superstar Knititng:

Dutch Touch

And, Ingenue from Wendy Bernard’s Custom Knits (I love her blog, Knit and Tonic, too):


I know I should try and get a few hours of shut eye before My Big Day at Stitches tomorrow, but I’m too excited to sleep.  Kind of like the night before a big chess tournament.  Just kidding.  I don’t really play in chess tournaments.  But I’m still a nerd.


Party Pooper

I worked late last night helping my boss with an event. There were balloons and food and name tags. I left around 7:30pm, went home, ate dinner and soon after went to bed. Then I turned around and came back here. I hate that.

This morning I found some nearly deflated balloons at my desk. So I guess it was my job to pop them. I always feel like I'm deflating the life of the party when I get rid of balloons.

And yes, that's a Swingline red stapler on my desk.


Helplessness Blues Makes Me Happy

I like to think I’m a music trendsetter.  Most often, the music that strikes my fancy ends up being pretty, well, trendy.  I started listening to Fleet Foxes when their first album came out, and I absolutely loved it.  Now they’re out with a new album, Helplessness Blues, and it’s pretty great too.

helplessness blues

What’s really exciting is that I’m going to see Fleet Foxes in concert on October 1.  Their first show sold out (bummer), so I was really ecstatic to find that they added another show.  And I scored tix.  Fabulous!

In knitting news, I’m experiencing a bit of Babypalooza.  I’m knitting ANOTHER baby sweater for ANOTHER baby shower.  It’s a really simple design, all rectangles and squares.  Here’s the back, or front, whatever suits your fancy, I guess.


This time around, I’ll be sure to take pics of the finished product.  I’m still seething over that…


Oh Paul, you’re still SO DREAMY!

I had the honor of seeing Sir Paul McCartney with My Guy and The Teenager last night at Wrigley Field (home of the Chicago Cubs – Go Cubbies!).  It was a SPECTACULAR show.  Three hours of pure bliss – he played tons of hits and had energy like you wouldn’t believe.

I got so emotional at one point, I cried.  I cried for John and George.  I cried because I was seeing a live Beatle.  And I cried because the sheer love pouring forth from the crowd was overwhelming.

Thank you, Paul, for your music.